Cycle. Wolftrax Glenshirra.

You are all welcome to join us on our Cycle adventure ride at Wolftrax Glenshirra.

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Exciting Prospects for Lochaber Oct 4th  2017

Exciting Prospects for Lochaber Oct 4th 2017

Guest speaker at the business meeting of Lochaber Rotary Club on 4 October was Duncan Mackison, Executive Manager of Jahama Estates – the property arm of GFC Alliance estates. Other arms include the SIMEC Group that is now running the two former BA hydro-power stations, and Liberty House which is now operating the aluminium smelter.   Duncan was formerly the chief operating officer for the largest private landowner in the UK – the Duke of Buccleuch. In his new role his remit includes the largest of the GFC estates – the former BA land extending to nearly 120,000 acres. The land is made up of some of the most stunning scenery in Europe including Ben Nevis. The estates provide the catchment area for the water supply to the hydropower stations at Fort William and Kinlochleven.
Duncan will also act as general ambassador for the GFG Alliance in Scotland, and will lead discussions with Scottish Government, Highland Council, public sector agencies and local communities to develop major industrial, agricultural and recreational projects for the Alliance. He will be heavily involved in GFG Alliance’s economic redevelopment around Fort William, which includes building a large-scale alloy wheels manufacturing plant and multiple projects across adjoining lands covering renewable energy, outdoor sports, tourist facilities, forestry and new agricultural activity.  Duncan responded to a wide range of questions and, on behalf of the Club, Past-President Finlay Finlayson thanked Duncan for the insight into the wider economic picture in Lochaber. Members responded with appreciative applause.
postscript – Immediate Past-President Paula Ross’ niece Nicola Dale also works for Jahama!  –  small world!
Pictured is President-Elect Iain Johnston, Duncan Mackison, President Donald McCorkindale and Past-President Finlay Finlayson.

Thanks to Iain Ferguson for the photos.

District Governor Gary visits Fort William Aug 23rd 2017

District Governor Gary visits Fort William Aug 23rd 2017

Lochaber Rotary Club welcomed the governor of the 50-club West of Scotland District to its business lunch meeting on 23 August.
DG Gary Louttit, who is a member of the Renfrew Rotary Club, thanked the Lochaber club for its hearty welcome and stressed that the Rotary Theme for this year of   “Making a Difference” should be kept at the forefront of our plans and work for this year, and that we WILL continue to make a difference in our communities and in the world at large.

Gary said: “We should be proud of what we do as Rotarians, no matter how each of us chooses to serve, we do it because we know our service makes a difference to others, however large or small and whether locally or internationally”.  Gary recalled that Rotary International President Ian Riseley, had produced a very achievable Presidential Citation, which sets out 3 main goals of firstly, supporting and strengthening local Rotary clubs; secondly, focussing on humanitarian service including finally eradicating polio; and lastly, enhancing Rotary’s public image and awareness. Gary endorsed the point made by Assistant Governor Andy McDonald on his recent visit to Fort William that this could be achieved in part by using Rotary Club Central regularly to record all our good work and service. Gary added: “If you use those 3 main goals as a guide this year your club will certainly Make a Difference“.

Gary also reinforced his invitation to club members to attend the District Conference on Saturday 30 September and Sunday 1 October. An interesting selection of speakers and charities have been lined up to tell delegates what they are doing, including our own Rotarians, along with some great entertainment.  In closing, Gary said: “I am also looking for support from all of our Clubs and members this year, to tackle a District-wide project together, for the charity ‘Rise Against Hunger’, which will feed 100,000 people and allow us to tick all 3 of the main goals, together. I hope we can all get together on this and show our communities and the world that Rotary really is making a difference!”

Club President Donald McCorkindale thanked Gary for his well-presented and motivational talk, and club members responded with warm applause.

Pictured (from the left) is PP Terry Lee, PE Iain Johnston, DG Gary Louttit, PP Paula Ross, President Donald McCorkindale and PP Angus Nicolson.

Thanks to Iain Ferguson for the photo.

A report from David Robertson on Ron’s Cycle – Aug 19th 2017

A report from David Robertson on Ron’s Cycle – Aug 19th 2017

Despite atrocious weather, the party of nine Rotarians, Partners and friends set off from a mile south of Duror at 1030 am to cycle to the Creagan Inn. We arrived in good time to enjoy an excellent lunch there.For our return journey, the wind had turned from south-west to north-west with the conditions improving dramatically. Thanks to Ron’s local knowledge, we took a diversion over the Jubilee Bridge at Appin. This proved to be a popular decision with the team. Unfortunately, David Mee sustained a puncture, which was rapidly repaired with a new inner tube provided by Ron and ably fixed by David.  We arrived back at the car park in Duror, loaded the bikes and headed off to Ann & David Thompson’s home for coffee, tea & biscuits. Big thanks to David & Ann.

The total distance covered was about eighteen miles. Thanks to all who took part and a big thanks to Ron for the organisation. A very enjoyable trip.
Our next Bike Ride will be on 2nd September to Fort Augustus with various starting points – details will follow. A possible future trip to Lismore is also in the planning stage.

Lochaber Rotary Club Tackles Overgrown Community Gardens July 29th 2017

Lochaber Rotary Club Tackles Overgrown Community Gardens July 29th 2017

A small contingent of green-fingered Rotarians braved the rain and the midges to help clean up and weed one of the raised planter beds at the Kilmallie community gardens in Corpach. The gardens, the principal features of which are their wheelchair accessibility and sensory qualities, were formally opened by the Princess Royal in 1999 but over the years have fallen into disrepair.  This was the third phase of the Club’s help in the restoration of the public garden. Club President Donald McCorkindale said: “The Club is always happy to lend our support to projects such as this. Through the late Rotarian Dr Su Sen who, along with many other local community champions, was one of the initiators of this visionary project, we have a long association with the community garden and we hope to continue our involvement as it moves forward”

Sarah Kennedy, Treasurer if the Kilmallie Community Centre Committee, said: “The Committee was delighted to have the support of members of The Rotary Club on Saturday 29/07/17 to help with the third session to tidy up the Gardens.  Despite the drizzle and midges, we had a very successful time in clearing one of the raised beds of all the mint that had taken over.  Bark chippings were then put all over the bed to try and help reduce the weeds from coming through.  It is now ready for some new shrubs to be purchased and planted to brighten the plot up.  Our aim is to try and bring the gardens back to a manageable level for the community in Corpach to look after and enjoy and this support from the Rotary Club has definitely helped to make this a reality!  We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their hard work and help!”

The club’s “gardening correspondent” past-president Donald Young was also working at the gardens and past-president Paul Brian, in recovery mode, called to encourage and support his colleagues.  Pictured are Rotarians George Bruce, Ken Johnston, David Mee (who came equipped with his anti-midge suit !!), Flora McKee and local resident Dougie Dykes  Also pictured is the raised planter bed weeded and covered with bark chippings. The next phase is to plant shrubs and reinforce the retaining wall.